Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/12

The Phillies traded right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants on Tuesday, parting with two of their starting outfielders in a span of about two hours to signal the start of a rebuilding phase for the five-time defending National League East champions.

CBS Sports reported the Giants agreed to trade top catching prospect Tommy Joseph to the Phillies in the deal. Joseph, who also plays first base, was ranked the Giants' No. 2 prospect entering this season.

Pence, batting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs for the Phillies, was acquired from the Astros last season and hit .314 with 22 home runs and 97 RBIs in 154 total games.

Earlier Tuesday, the Phillies traded centerfielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers.

The Giants reportedly were deep in discussions to acquire other outfield help, including a deal for Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano, but landed the younger -- and cheaper -- Pence instead. Pence is arbitration eligible before the 2013 season and has a $10.4 million salary for 2012.

All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera, acquired in an offseason trade with the Royals, is in the final season of his contract.

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